New 2023 Audi Q6 e-tron caught unmasked!

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron – Overview

Later this year, the new Audi Q6 e-tron SUV will join the brand’s all-electric lineup, competing with both the Tesla Model Y and the larger Tesla Model X.

Photographers have caught the upcoming SUV testing with an undisguised front end, revealing its new styling direction, due for release in the mid of 2023.

Design & Aesthetic

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
2023 Audi Q6 e-tron

The new Q6 e-tron will embrace Audi’s new electric car design language, as seen in show cars like the newly released A6 e-tron concept, with a closed-off, contrasting color grille taking center stage upfront.

The grille of the Q6 e-tron will be textured, with two sharp faux vents and a set of slim LED headlamps flanking it.

Motorized slats appear to work according to the electric car’s cooling requirements in the lower front bumper openings.

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
2023 Audi Q6 e-tron

Sharp shoulder line creases will add muscle to the Q6 e-tron, and it appears to incorporate the contrast-color sill trim seen on the A6 e-tron concept.

The rear will have an integrated roof spoiler and a full-width light bar, similar to the present Audi e-tron SUV, but with a thinner shape and a new daytime running light signature, as shown in our exclusive photographs.

Interior Design

Inside, the Q4 e-new tron’s 11.6-inch central touchscreen, the largest single display ever installed on a production Audi, is expected to be utilized. The design, however, may alter due to the platform and differentiate the two models in terms of pricing and location.

The PPE architecture found beneath the Q6 e-tron will be shared with the next-generation Porsche Macan, which will debut in 2023 as a completely electric vehicle alongside the current Macan. Despite having comparable hardware and software, the Q6 and new Macan will be physically distinct both inside and out.

The PPE platform is a development of the J1 platform, which underpins the Audi e-tron GT four-door and the Porsche Taycan. That means it’ll have an 800-volt electrical design, allowing for up to 350kW of super-fast DC charging.

Battery Power & Range

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
2023 Audi Q6 e-tron

The Q6 is projected to have outward proportions similar to the combustion-engined Q5 but with a wider wheelbase and more passenger room thanks to the new platform.

If the brand’s other electric SUVs are any indication, we could see a more sporty Sportback model join the lineup shortly after.

The PPE platform is a development of the J1 platform, which underpins the Audi e-tron GT four-door and the Porsche Taycan.

That means it’ll have an 800-volt electrical design, allowing for up to 350kW of super-fast DC charging. According to Audi, the platform will also enable the EV’s battery pack to charge from 5% to 80% capacity in roughly 25 minutes.

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
2023 Audi Q6 e-tron

In just 10 minutes, a faster charge using the fastest available DC rapid charger can provide 186 miles of range.

The size and type of battery pack Audi will employ in the Q6 e-tron are unknown.

Still, the PPE platform can travel more than 700 kilometers (about 430 miles) while powering the more aerodynamic A6 e-tron concept, according to the company.

Although the SUV’s slightly blunter surface may reduce range, a figure of over 380 miles should be possible.

Given the Q6’s close resemblance to the e-tron GT under the skin, we should expect the e-tron GT’s 469bhp (or 523bhp with overboost active) four-wheel drive powertrain to move over as well.

More cheap, lower-powered single-motor variations are also likely, while Audi’s RS division could introduce a more performance-oriented vehicle at the other end of the spectrum.

Production & Released Date

2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
2023 Audi Q6 e-tron

The Q6 e-tron will be produced in Audi’s Ingolstadt factory this year.

The company is converting it to an all-electric assembly line, removing existing equipment that makes the A3 family hatchback, and replacing it with production facilities to suit the PPE platform.

This includes the creation of a battery assembly facility in-house.

Up to 2030, the Volkswagen Group (Audi’s parent business) has already secured three collaborations to ensure the raw materials and development procedures needed for its next-generation battery packs.

Audi has stated that its first “Project Artemis” car will debut in 2024, following the Q6 e-tron.

The vehicle will be targeted at the luxury market, and it will serve as a showcase for Audi’s future electronic vehicle design, technologies, and operating systems.

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2023 Audi Q6 e-tron
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